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Ballard High School students planning walkout this afternoon in protest of what they say is President-elect Trump’s divisive rhetoric

November 14th, 2016 by Doree

Ballard High School students are planning to walk out of classes this afternoon in protest of what they say is President-elect Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric about racial and social issues.

Below is the email Principal Keven Wynkoop sent to families today:

Ballard Parents and Guardians,

I wanted to share the message that I just read over the intercom to students regarding this afternoon’s walkout. Let me know if you have any questions.

Keven Wynkoop

Students,

A quick message about this afternoon’s walkout. First of all, I want to make it clear that any students choosing to walkout will be given unexcused absences. Even Parent permission does not excuse your absence. Whether this impacts your grades in classes is based on the policies of your teachers.

More importantly, I want students to think about why they might choose to walkout. I support your right to protest appropriately, but I challenge you to think about how you can make an actual difference instead of just skipping school this afternoon. We have lots of socially aware clubs that would love to have you join them in making a real difference in the world.

Lastly, make sure you treat all students who do and do not participate with respect for their individual decision. No one should feel pressure either way and make sure that everyone knows that it is always great to be a Beaver.

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Ballots have arrived, vote by Tuesday, Nov. 8

October 25th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that election ballots should have arrived in your mailbox by today and are due back (postmarked or dropped in an official Ballot Drop Box) by Tuesday, Nov. 8.

If mailed, use a first-class stamp (some counties have longer ballots that require extra postage, but King County does not). No postage is required if you put in a Drop Box. Drop Boxes are open 24 hours a day, and close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Here are the nearest Ballot Drop Boxes to our neighborhood:

  • Ballard Library, corner of NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW
  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Green Lake Community Center, 7201 East Green Lake Drive N.

Click here for a full list of all King County Ballot Drop Box locations.

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Greenwood Community Council election forum Oct. 18 at Taproot Theatre

October 7th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council is hosting an election forum from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

The forum will be moderated by former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn (a Greenwood resident), and will cover the race for District 7 U.S. House of Representatives and Sound Transit 3:

  • 7-7:10 p.m.: Welcome and Introductions
  • 7:10-7:50 p.m.: District 7 U.S. House of Representatives candidates Pramila Jayapal and Brady Walkinshaw (including audience Q&A)
  • 7:50-8:30 p.m. – Sound Transit 3 (including audience Q&A), with representatives the Yes and No campaigns confirmed to attend
  • 8:30-9 p.m.: Informal networking

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Upcoming candidate forums, debates

October 7th, 2015 by Doree

Folks have several upcoming opportunities to find out more about candidates and issues on the November ballot.

Next Monday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Greenwood Community Council is hosting a forum with candidates from City Council Districts 5 and 6. District 5 generally covers Greenwood north of 85th Street, while District 6 generally covers the area south of 85th Street.

  • 6:45 p.m. – Doors open
  • 7 p.m. – District 5 Candidates – Sandy Brown and Debora Juarez
  • 7:40 p.m. – Break
  • 7:45 p.m. – District 6 Candidates – Catherine Weatbrook and Mike O’Brien
  • 8:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Friends of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a District 6 candidates forum and debate at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Then from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, also at the Greenwood Library, the Greenwood Community Council hosts a “Speed Candidating” event.

There are many races and ballot measure this fall — too many to fit into a debate format, so instead we will provide an opportunity for candidates who can fit it into their schedule to come make their pitch and answer your questions. All candidates and ballot representatives will be invited. This will replace our regular October community council meeting this month.

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Forum on Move Seattle transportation levy Monday in Greenwood

September 29th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council Transportation Committee is hosting a forum from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, at Works Progress, 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, about the Move Seattle levy proposal on the November ballot.

In 2006, Seattle voters approved a nine-year $365 million transportation levy, known as Bridging the Gap, which will expire at the end of 2015. For the last eight years, this levy provided the Seattle Department of Transportation with nearly 25% of it’s funding with funds being used to address maintenance backlogs, improve transit service, rehabilitate bridges, and implement pedestrian safety projects throughout the city.

This November Seattle voters will vote on a new transportation levy that will replace Bridging the Gap. The replacement levy proposal, called “Move Seattle,” will fund an array of transportation projects throughout the city with the goals of reducing congestion, increasing safety, and improving aging infrastructure.

The $900 million Move Seattle levy would be paid for through a property tax that would cost the median Seattle household (approx. $450,000) about $275 per year for nine years.

We will be hosting a panel of representatives from the Let’s Move Seattle campaign who will make a brief presentation of what is in the levy proposal and what projects are specifically planned for North Seattle. We will also reserve plenty of time for questions from the audience.

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Today is Election Day – get those ballots in

August 5th, 2014 by Doree

Ballots are due today in the August primary election. Ballots must be postmarked by today. To save yourself a stamp, you can drop it off at an official King County Elections Drop Box. The closest one to our neighborhood is in Ballard right outside the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW. The box closes at 8 p.m.

For election results, check King County Elections’ results page beginning at 8:15 p.m.

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Ballot drop box at Ballard Library open until 8 p.m. tonight

November 6th, 2012 by Doree

From our sister site, MyBallard:

If you’re a last-minute voter, you still have time to get your ballot in. There’s a ballot drop box at the Ballard Library, and it will be open until 8 p.m. tonight.

To view other drop box locations, click here.

You can also mail your ballot, but make sure you get it to the post office before closing time.

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Primary election ballots are due today

August 7th, 2012 by Doree

Don’t forget that today is the primary election. Either put your ballot in the mail today, or drop it in a ballot box by 8 p.m. (no stamp needed for ballot boxes).

The nearest ballot box to Phinney Ridge and Greenwood is at the Ballard Library, on the corner of NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW.

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Don’t forget to vote by tomorrow

November 7th, 2011 by Doree

Tomorrow is election day in King County. Don’t forget to get your ballot in the mail so it can be postmarked by Tuesday. Or you can drop it in an official Ballot Box in front of the Ballard Library, on the corner of NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW (no postage needed if dropped in a ballot box).

King County produced a video guide for the countywide offices of King County Assessor, King County Elections Director, Metropolitan King County Council and Port of Seattle Commissioners. On the video guide, each candidate has two minutes to speak.

Registered voters who have not received a ballot should contact the King County Elections Department at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

King County mailed about 1.1 million ballots. Elections Director Sherril Huff expects about a 52 percent turnout in this election.

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